National graduation rate reaches all-time high

For the first time ever, more than 8 in 10 high school students in the United States graduated on time in 2012, according to the widely cited 2014 Building a GradNation report. These improvements occurred even as graduation standards were raised. What about students in King County? For that same year, Communities Count reported on-time graduation rates in King County ranging from 59.8% (Tukwila) to 92.9% (Mercer Island), with 12 districts performing at or above the national average. Among King County students with limited English proficiency, only 53% graduated on time (compared to 79% of all students). This 26-point gap was exceeded by only 11 states. King County also had a larger-than-average disparity in graduation rates of Black and white students, with only 65% of Black students graduating on time, compared to 85% of white students. Only 10 states showed larger Black/white differences.

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